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J Microsc. 1990 Feb;157(Pt 2):187-203.

Fuzzy sets-based classification of electron microscopy images of biological macromolecules with an application to ribosomal particles.

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Wadsworth Center for Laboratories and Research, New York State Department of Health, Albany 12201-0509.


Pattern recognition methods based on the theory of fuzzy sets are tested for their ability to classify electron microscopy images of biological specimens. The concept of fuzzy sets was chosen for its ability to represent classes of objects that are vaguely described from the measured data. A number of partitional clustering algorithms and an extensive set of cluster-validity functionals (some already reported and some newly developed) have been applied to a test-data set and to two real-data sets of images. One of the real-data sets corresponded to images of the Escherichia coli 50S ribosomal subunits depleted of proteins L7/L12 and the other set to images of the E. coli 70S monosome in the range of overlap views. These two latter sets had been previously studied by another clustering methodology. The new results obtained by the application of fuzzy clustering techniques will be compared to those previously obtained and some conclusions about the consistency of these classifications will be drawn from this comparison.

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